Karlo’s unique menu is heavily influenced by the flavors of his first two homes – tropical, Caribbean Puerto Rico and the bold heat of southern cooking. In Carlito’s Cocina, he melds the flavors and experiences of the south and Puerto Rico, as well as his many journeys, into his new business. From a variety of Mofongo (an Afro-Puerto Rican dish made with fried plantains), croquetas and other street fare, to fresh ceviche and salads, Karlo hopes to bring a much needed infusion of Puerto Rican cuisine to Portland.
meet the owner
Born in Puerto Rico, Karlo Prado moved to the Southern U.S with his family early in life. The move drove his thirst to learn and taste the world around him, propelling him through a culinary journey around the country. After working (and tasting) his way across America - from Baltimore to Charleston, Austin to Honolulu, New Orleans to Las Vegas, Boston to Miami, and Alaska, he finally found home in Portland, Oregon. Prior to joining the Mercado, he worked at Portland favorites Pambiche, Tasty n' Sons, and Clyde Common.